Admissions: Programs of Study

Special Education/Elementary Education: Dual Certification

Marywood's program prepares you for the challenges and rewards of teaching persons with exceptional learning needs at all levels of development from birth to age twenty-one. Your coursework in professional studies and liberal arts -- taught in small classes and enhanced with real-world experience beginning in your first year -- will emphasize creative thinking, the evaluation of contemporary educational issues, and development of leadership skills. The faculty will consider you a professional colleague as well as a student: teacher candidates are required to maintain professional membership in the Council for Exceptional Children. You'll graduate prepared to be a leader in the areas of mental retardation, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, and multiple disabilities; you'll be ready to serve as a teacher in grades K through 12 in a school or residential setting, as a professional in adult services, or in another position of responsibility in this growing field. The major in special education requires completion of 126 credits, 61 of which are requirements of the major (including courses in special education, general education, and psychology). You will also have the option of enrolling in one of the dual certification programs with elementary education or early childhood education, which leads to multiple teacher certifications. These options require additional coursework.

Degree: Bachelor of Science - B.S.
Program Website
College: Reap College of Education and Human Development
Department Website: Education

Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:01


Middle States Commission on Higher Education
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Office of University Admissions

Department Chairperson: Dr. Patricia Sullivan Arter
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